CAD Drafting SoftwareBenchmark: Autodesk Autocad ($1050/year)
Compatible with autocad files.
Excellent customer support.
Similar interface and commands with Autocad.
Bundled with a huge librarybof 2d & 3d blocks.
PDF to Dwg converter
Can be unstable on huge files.
Crashes occassionally occur.
Sometimes corrupts Autocad files saved in progecad.
It is a lot more stable than progecad.
Files that are made in Autocad are compatible.
I haven't experience any errors transferring from autocad to Zwcad.
Pricier compared to progecad.
3D ModelingBenchmark: Autodesk 3D Studio Max ($1470/year)
Google Sketchup ($695)
Easy to learn and user friendly interface.
Access to a wide variety of free 3d models from google warehouse.
Extensive library of plugins or extensions.
Affordable and lifetime license.
Integratedbe with google maps.
Limited 3d modeling and editing capability.
Plugins are needed if you intend to create complicated models.
No built-in renderer
Unstable when files are very large.
No xref or proxy resulting in huge file sizes.
Rendering SoftwareBenchmark: Vray ($760)
Real time Rendering of Light and Shadow.
Photo realistic output.
Walk through your Sketchup model with rendered materials, lights and shadows.
Requires powerful computer to function properly.
Takes time to render real time when scenes are large.
Unstable when scenes are large.
Office ProgramsBenchmark: Microsoft Office ($149.99)
Kingsoft WPS (Free)
Libre Office (Free)
Photo editing SoftwarePhotoshop ($119.88/year)
Project ManagementMicrosoft Project Standard($589.99)
Gantt Project (Free)
Project Libre (Free)
Open Project (Free)